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Gary Alexander hits a hat-trick on Den return

24 May 2016

Lions Legends beat Charlton 4-0 but Nicky Johns' 'Mr Brightside' campaign is the real winner

Gary Alexander rolled back the years on Monday evening, scoring a hat-trick at The Den as the Millwall Legends beat their Charlton counterparts 4-0 in an entertaining encounter to raise money for Nicky Johns' bowel cancer charity.

Nicky, who confessed he has only played two games since retiring in 1990, started in goal for Millwall and made a number of fine saves that contributed towards a blank scoreline at half-time. Charlton hit the woodwork twice and Millwall once during that first period whilst Marvin Elliott missed a great chance from close range, much to the amusement of his team-mates.

Johns began the second-half in goal for Charlton and was beaten by Mark Beard's close range opener before Alexander filled his boots with an excellent treble as the Addicks' defenders began to tire.

The real winner, though, was Nicky and Alison Johns' 'Mr Brightside' charity, set up in memory of their son Stephen, who died of bowel cancer at the age of just 25.

The Johns family and 'Mr Brightside' have been working to raise awareness of the prevalence of the disease amongst younger people, alongside other bowel cancer charities under the 'Know the Score' banner.

They have given out thousands of 'Know the Score' badges to football fans up and down the country, and every penny received by the charity pays for badges and information about bowel cancer.

The gate receipts from a crowd of almost 250, in addition to the raffle held after the match, will go to 'Mr Brightside' to help them with their campaign.

Nicky said: "I'd like to thank Millwall and Charlton, and all the fans of both clubs who have supported us, not only tonight, but over a number of years. Thanks also to the players and officials who gave up their time to play in this match. I think everyone enjoyed themselves, and hopefully there won't be too many aches and pains for the lads in the next couple of days."

Millwall: Johns, Beard, Cusack, Nethercott, O'Connor, Sweeney, Walker, Elliott, Hammond, Alexander, Bremner, Phillips, Holloway, Pond.

Charlton: Haywood, Garland, Gritt, Holness, Humphrey, Walsh, Nelson, Linger, Gorman, Mitchell, Fortune, Paye, Dixon, Booth, Wilson, Waterman, Bolder, Sodje.

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